|American Legion Riders 957||
For God and Country, we associate ourselves together for the following purposes:
To participate in parades, programs, events and other ceremonies, that are within the aims and purposes of the American Legion. To promote motorcycle safety; honorable military service; American Legion membership; POW-MIA efforts; to provide a social atmosphere for the American Legion family member; and to use our programs to support other motorcycle organizations; and most of all, our veterans, veteran's homes and hospitals.
As the membership of the American Legion Riders is a very diverse group, so are the programs that they are involved in. By allowing each American Legion Rider Chapter to give their members the ability to manage their program at the Post level, the program has been allowed to grow.
Today there exist Legion Rider programs in several states, and many more starting. The types of things that these groups are doing are far too many to mention in this article, but here are a few examples:
Participation in the annual POW/MIA Rally held each Memorial Day weekend Washington D.C. known as "Rolling Thunder."
Sponsoring or participating in motorcycle "runs" to benefit numerous charities, many focused on veteran or active-duty military needs, VA Hospital needs, and various other causes such as Boy Scouts, underpriviledged children programs, medical research, and local community food banks.
Participation in memorial ceremonies and community parades.
Recognition by local communities has marked the program as a true success. The American Legion Riders Group in Michigan was even honored by the Local City Council, when they drafted a resolution declaring the American Legion Riders a "valuable asset to the community." As motorcyclist and as veterans,we are a very dedicated group of people. Support from a nationally recognized and devoted veterans organization such as the American Legion, we have every tool we need to succeed.